Meet the minds behind all that climate change data
Here’s your chance to get to know some climate scientists! Sure, they may have aced math, but they are also super cool. They study cave stalagmites and space geodesy and other stuff we can’t pronounce or spell — all in a selfless quest to understand how all that evil atmospheric CO2 is threatening life as we know it. But we digress. Grist is proud to have the Union of Concerned Scientists showcase and celebrate the researchers behind the news, the climatologists who are helping to save the planet — and your ass!
The nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists started as a collaboration between students and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969. It is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists who believe that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet. UCS is currently leading a campaign to elevate the voices of climate scientists and educate the public about the overwhelming scientific evidence for human-caused global warming. Learn how you can get involved at www.ucsusa.org/evidence.
- Ted Schuur
- Wenhong Li
- Bethany Bradley
Climate Scientist and Biogeographer
- Julienne Stroeve
- Tom Knutson
- John Guinotte
- Richard Seager
Ocean and Climate Physicist
- Inez Fung
- Benjamin Santer
- Maureen Raymo
Paleoclimatologist and Sea Level Specialist
- David Inouye
- Warren Washington
- Camille Parmesan
- Keith Cherkauer
Engineer and Mud Specialist
- Cameron Wake
- Scott Luthcke
Space Geodesy Expert
- Julia Cole
Stories in this series:
Julia Cole finds evidence of the climate record in some fascinating places. Cole is a geologist at the University of Arizona. Most recently, her research has led her deep inside a limestone cave 50 miles …
Scott Luthcke weighs Greenland — every 10 days. And the island has been losing weight, an average of 183 gigatons (or 200 cubic kilometers) — in ice — annually during the past six years. That’s …
It takes a certain kind of person to gather ice cores from remote glaciers, cart them back to a lab, and unlock the clues they contain about the climate record. Such a person needs to …
Keith Cherkauer studies mud. It’s a dirty business that has revealed a lot about global warming. As he trudged through rural Indiana farmland earlier this spring, Cherkauer, an agricultural and biological engineer at Purdue University, …
Camille Parmesan studies the effects of global warming by chasing butterflies. Sounds fanciful, but it is anything but. Her careful field observations of butterfly populations have produced compelling evidence of how climate change has already …
Spring certainly seems to arrive earlier these days than it used to. But is it a sure sign of global warming or just natural variability? After decades of careful research on wildflowers, University of Maryland …
Warren Washington literally wrote the book on climate modeling. Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling, which he co-authored with Claire L. Parkinson in 2005, is the classic graduate-level text in the field. A former head of …
Exactly how much did the sea level rise three million years ago? Okay. Probably not a question you’ve asked yourself lately. But the question and, more importantly, its answer are significant. They will help scientists …
How do we know that human activities are responsible for warming the planet? Because just like criminals, climate change culprits, such as smokestack or tailpipe emissions, leave behind distinctive signatures or patterns. All climate investigators have to do is look closely enough, and hardly anyone has been looking longer or more carefully than Benjamin Santer.
Inez Fung is on a mission to find and account for every gram of heat-trapping carbon dioxide on the planet. And she knows where most of it is hiding.
If youâ€™re one of the tens of millions of people who live in the southwestern United States, get ready for drier weather. Thatâ€™s the message from Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia Universityâ€™s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observa
CO2 has acidified the oceans, and marine biologist John Guinotte says that spells trouble for coral reefs and for the marine ecosystem as a whole.
Thomas Knutson studies storms and his research predicts that global warming is likely to mean fewer, but stronger Atlantic hurricanes.
Julienne Stroeve shows how dramatic changes in Arctic sea ice are occurring right now -- with enormous consequences for the whole planet.
Bethany Bradley probes the link between climate change and "alien invaders." The climate scientist studies weeds such as kudzu and purple loosestrife.
Most people are understandably confused about the relationship between global warming and natural variability in the weather. After the huge snowfalls in the northeastern United States over the past few months, for instance, many people …